Economic Impact Payment Information Center

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Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (Payments) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and automatically send the Payments to most eligible individuals, however some may have to provide additional information to the IRS to get their Payments. Below are answers to frequently asked questions related to these Payments. These questions and answers will be updated periodically. Please DO NOT call the IRS.

EIP Eligibility and General Information

A1. U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:

  • $75,000 for individuals if their filing status was single or married filing separately
  • $112,500 for head of household filers and
  • $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns

Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:

  • $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
  • 112,500 and $136,500 for head of household
  • $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly

The amount of the reduced payment will be based upon the taxpayers specific adjusted gross income.

Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) will receive a payment.

For eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018, they receive the payments automatically.

Those who don’t usually file a tax return and receive Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) also receive automatic payments of $1,200. While some of these groups receive Forms 1099, many in this group don't typically file tax returns. Many people in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month, with SSI and VA payments expected to start in May.

For people who have little or no income and didn’t file a tax return or don’t receive any of the federal benefits listed above, they are also eligible for an Economic Impact Payment. They need to register with the Non-Filer tool on IRS.gov as soon as possible so they can receive a payment.

A2. Although some filers, such as high-income filers, will not qualify for an Economic Impact Payment, most will.

Taxpayers likely won't qualify for an Economic Impact Payment if any of the following apply:

  • Your adjusted gross income is greater than
    • $99,000 if your filing status was single or married filing separately
    • $136,500 for head of household
    • $198,000 if your filing status was married filing jointly
  • You can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. For example, this would include a child, student or older dependent who can be claimed on a parent’s return.
  • You do not have a valid Social Security number.
  • You are a nonresident alien.
  • You filed Form 1040-NR or Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS for 2019.

A3. Eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for head of household filers and $150,000 for married filing jointly are eligible for the full $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 married filing jointly. In addition, they are eligible for an additional $500 per qualifying child.

For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by 5% of the amount that your adjusted gross income exceeds the $75,000/$112,500/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000, $136,500 for head of household filers and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible and will not receive payments.

A4.

People who filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018

No additional action is needed by taxpayers who:

  • have already filed their tax returns this year for 2019. The IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount.
  • haven’t filed yet for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal tax return. For these taxpayers the IRS will use their information from 2018 tax filings to make the Economic Impact Payment calculations.

People who aren't typically required to file a tax return

Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 to these individuals even if they did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients are also part of this group who don't need to take action.

There are other individuals such as low-income workers and certain veterans and individuals with disabilities who aren’t required to file a tax return, but they are still eligible for the Economic Impact Payments. Taxpayers can check the IRS.gov tool - Do I Need to File a Tax Return? - to see if  they have a filing requirement.  

If you don’t have to file, use the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here" application to provide simple information so you can get your payment.

A5. For security reasons, the IRS plans to mail a letter about the economic impact payment to the taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after the payment is paid. The letter will provide information on how the payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the payment. If a taxpayer is unsure they’re receiving a legitimate letter, the IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first to protect against scam artists.

A6. The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the economic impact payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, the IRS will not call , text you, email you or contact you on social media  asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the economic impact payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.

A7. Use our guide to figure out which IRS tool to use to get your payment.

A8. Yes, U.S. citizens living outside the country are eligible for the Payment. Anyone eligible to file Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR is an eligible person if they have a valid SSN and can’t be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer. Nonresident aliens who file or would file Form 1040-NR or Form 1040-NR-EZ are not eligible for the Payment.

A9. In many cases, the answer is yes. But special rules in the law apply to these five U.S. territories (possessions). In general, the tax authorities in each territory will make Payments to eligible residents. People in these territories with questions about the Payment should contact their local tax authority.

A10. No. A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions in the Q&A about repayments. Return the entire Payment unless the Payment was made to joint filers and one spouse had not died before receipt of the Payment, in which case, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made to the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000. If you cannot deposit the payment because it was issued to both spouses and one spouse is deceased, return the check as described in question 54. Once the IRS receives and processes your returned payment, an Economic Impact Payment will be reissued.

Q11. A person who is a nonresident alien in 2020 is not eligible for the Payment. A person who is a qualifying resident alien with a valid SSN is eligible for the Payment only if he or she is a qualifying resident alien in 2020 and could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer for 2020. Aliens who received a Payment but are not qualifying resident aliens for 2020 should return the Payment to the IRS by following the instructions about repayments.

A12. No. A Payment made to someone who is incarcerated should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions about repayments. A person is incarcerated if he or she is described in one or more of clauses (i) through (v) of Section 202(x)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 402(x)(1)(A)(i) through (v)). For a Payment made with respect to a joint return where only one spouse is incarcerated, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made on account of the incarcerated spouse. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000.

Requesting My Economic Impact Payment

A13. You DO NOT need to take any further action if you filed a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019. If you already filed your tax return for 2019, the IRS will use this information to calculate the Payment amount. If you haven’t filed your tax return for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal income tax return, the IRS will use the information from your 2018 tax return to calculate the Payment amount.

A14. You are not required to file a tax return and will automatically receive a $1,200 Payment if you received Social Security retirement, SSDI, survivors benefits, SSI, Railroad Retirement benefits, or VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits in 2019. You do not need to contact the IRS, Social Security Administration (SSA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or Veterans Affairs. The IRS will use the information from your 2019 benefits to generate a Payment to you if you did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. You will receive your Payment as a direct deposit or by mail, just as you would normally receive your federal benefits.

A15.  You have to provide basic information to the IRS to receive your Payment. The IRS urges you to take one of the following actions as soon as you can.

  • You can use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to provide simple information to the IRS so you can get your Payment. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can use this tool if they had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples filing jointly) for 2019 and were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn't plan to do so. This is the quickest way to get your payment.
  • You can file a federal income tax return for 2019 with the IRS even if you receive non-taxable income or do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return.

Have your bank account information available when you use the tool or file so you can get your Payment as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the IRS will mail your Payment to the address you provide.

A16. Use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) online tool that provides answers to tax questions. The Do I Need to File a Tax Return? tool can help you determine if you're required to file a 2019 federal income tax return.

Answer the questions about your filing status, federal income tax withheld, and basic information to help you determine your gross income to see if you need to file a 2019 tax return. If you had no income or income under a certain amount, you are not required to file a tax return. If you are not required to file a tax return, the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool is the fastest way to get your Payment.

A17. You should not use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool if any of the following apply:

  • You already filed a 2019 tax return.
  • You already received your Payment based on your 2018 or 2019 return, even if you did not receive the full amount (for example, because you have a newly born child in 2020 who was not reported on your 2019 return).
  • Someone could claim you as a dependent on their 2019 tax return.
  • You are married but will not be using the tool with your spouse. You must file a 2019 or 2018 tax return to receive your Payment separate from your spouse.
  • You weren’t a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) in 2019. Those who were resident aliens in 2019 because they satisfied the “substantial presence test” and qualify for the Payment must file a tax return to receive the Payment.

A18.  Payments will be made throughout the rest of 2020. If you don’t receive a Payment this year, you can also claim it by filing a tax return for 2020 next year.

A19. The IRS will not call, email, or text you about your Payment. The IRS will not contact you to request personal or bank account information. Watch out for websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information and for schemes tied to Economic Impact Payments.

The IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov – the official IRS website – to protect against scam artists. The IRS has issued a warning about coronavirus-related scams.

For security reasons, a letter about the Payment will be mailed to each recipient’s last known address within 15 days after the Payment is made.

Calculating My Economic Impact Payment

A20. Eligible individuals will receive $1,200. Two eligible individuals filing a joint return will receive $2,400. Eligible individuals will receive up to an additional $500 Payment for each qualifying child who meets the conditions outlined on our Qualifying Child Requirements page.

A22. Eligible individuals don’t need a minimum income for the Payment.

However, for higher income individuals, the Payment amount is reduced by 5% of the amount that your adjusted gross income exceeds $75,000 ($112,500 for taxpayers filing as head of household or $150,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return), until it is $0.

The $1,200 Payment for eligible individuals with no qualifying children ($2,400 for married couples filing a joint return) will be reduced to $0 once adjusted gross income reaches the following thresholds:

  • $198,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return
  • $136,500 for taxpayers filing as head of household
  • $99,000 for all others

Each of these threshold amounts increases by $10,000 for each additional qualifying child. For example, because families with one qualifying child receive an additional $500 Payment, their $1,700 Payment ($2,900 for taxpayers filing a joint return) will be reduced to $0 once adjusted gross income reaches the following thresholds:

  • $208,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return
  • $146,500 for taxpayers filing as head of household
  • $109,000 for all others

A23. No, when spouses file jointly, both spouses must have valid SSNs to receive a Payment with one exception. If either spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year, only one spouse needs to have a valid SSN.

If spouses file separately, the spouse who has an SSN may qualify for a Payment; the other spouse without a valid SSN will not qualify.

A24. A valid SSN for a Payment is one that is valid for employment and is issued by the SSA before the due date of your 2019 tax return (including the filing deadline postponement to July 15 and an extension to October 15 if you request it) or your 2018 tax return (including extensions) if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return.

If the individual was a U.S. citizen when they received the SSN, then it is valid for employment. If “Not Valid for Employment” is printed on the individual’s Social Security card and the individual’s immigration status has changed so that they are now a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, ask the SSA for a new Social Security card. However, if “Valid for Work Only With DHS Authorization” is printed on the individual's Social Security card, the individual has the required SSN only as long as the Department of Homeland Security authorization is valid.

A25. The Payment in 2020 will not include an additional amount for these children because the Payment in 2020 is based only on information from your 2019 or 2018 tax return. You may claim the child next year for an additional credit on your 2020 tax return.

A26. No, there is no provision in the law requiring repayment of a Payment. When you file next year, you can claim additional credits on your 2020 tax return if you are eligible for them, for example if your child is born in 2020. But, you won’t be required to repay any Payment when filing your 2020 tax return even if your qualifying child turns 17 in 2020 or your adjusted gross income increases in 2020 above the thresholds listed above.

A27. No, your child will not receive a Payment in 2020 because you claimed her as a dependent on your 2019 tax return. She will not receive a $1,200 credit in 2021 if you can claim her as a dependent on your 2020 tax return.

However, if your child can’t be claimed as a dependent by you or anyone else for 2020, she may be eligible to claim a $1,200 credit on the 2020 tax return she files next year.

A28. No, you will not receive an additional Payment amount for your mom because she is not your qualifying child under age 17. Your mom will not receive her own Payment because you claimed her as a dependent on your 2019 tax return. You mom will not receive a credit in 2021 if you can claim her as a dependent on your 2020 tax return.

A29. Payment amounts vary based on income, filing status and family size. If you filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS used information from it about you, your spouse, your income, filing status and qualifying children to calculate the amount and issue your Payment. If you haven’t filed your 2019 return or it has not been processed yet, the IRS used the information from your 2018 return to calculate the amount and issue your Payment. The IRS is not able to correct or issue additional payments at this time and will provide further details on IRS.gov on the action people may need to take in the future.

If you did not receive the full amount to which you believe you are entitled, you will be able to claim the additional amount when you file your 2020 tax return.  This is particularly important for individuals who may be entitled to the additional $500 per qualifying child payments. We encourage everyone to review our “How do I calculate my EIP Payment” question and answer (See question 21).

Keep the Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, you will receive regarding your Economic Stimulus Payment with your records. This notice will be mailed to each recipient’s last known address within a few weeks after the Payment is made. When you file your 2020 tax return next year, you can refer to Notice 1444 and claim additional credits on your 2020 tax return if you are eligible for them. The IRS will provide further details on IRS.gov on the action they may need to take.

A30. There is no provision in the law requiring repayment of a Payment. Instead, each parent should review Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, that the IRS will mail to their last known addresses within 15 days after the Payment is made. The parents should keep the notices for their 2020 tax records.

Receiving My Payment

A31. No, the Payment is not includible in your gross income.  Therefore, you will not include the Payment in your taxable income on your Federal income tax return or pay income tax on your Payment. It will not reduce your refund or increase the amount you owe when you file your 2020 Federal income tax return.

A Payment also will not affect your income for purposes of determining eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

A32. No, with one exception. The Payment may have been offset only by past-due child support. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service will send you a notice if an offset occurs.

If you are married filing jointly and you filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total Payment will be sent to each spouse and your spouse’s Payment will be offset only for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the Payment.

The IRS is aware that in some instances a portion of the payment sent to a spouse who filed an injured spouse claim with his or her 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if no 2019 tax return has been filed) has been offset by the non-injured spouse’s past-due child support. The IRS is working with the Bureau of Fiscal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you filed an injured spouse claim with your return and are impacted by this issue, you do not need to take any action. The injured spouse will receive their unpaid half of the total payment when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A33. If you received direct deposit of your refund based on your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), the IRS has sent your Payment to the bank account provided on the most recent tax return. If you filed a Form 8888, Allocation of Refund, with your tax return to split your refund into multiple accounts, your Payment was deposited to the first bank account listed. You cannot change your account information.

If you filed your 2019 or 2018 tax return but did not receive your refund by direct deposit, your Payment will be mailed to the address we have on file even if you also receive Social Security, Railroad Retirement or Veterans Affairs benefits by direct deposit. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

A34. If the account is closed or no longer active, the bank will return the deposit and you will be issued a check or, for a smaller group, a prepaid debit card that will be mailed to the address we have on file for you. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). You do not need to call the IRS to change your Payment method or update your address at this time.  If you receive a debit card and have any questions regarding how to use the card please go to EIPcard.com for more information.

As required by law and for security reasons, a letter about the Payment will be mailed to each recipient’s last known address within 15 days after the Payment is made. The letter will provide information on how the Payment was made  and how to report any failure to receive the Payment.

A35. No, the IRS will not send Payments to accounts used to make a payment to the IRS. If we do not have bank information for you, your Payment will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.

A36. No, the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool cannot be used if you already filed a 2019 tax return. If we do not have bank information for you, your Payment will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.

A37. You can find this information on one of your checks, through your online banking applications, or by contacting your financial institution directly. Make sure to enter the routing number, account number, and account type (checking or savings) correctly.

A38. We will mail your Payment to the address we have on file for you. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Your payment will be made either by check or, in more limited situations, by a prepaid debit card.  If you receive a debit card and have any questions regarding how to use the card please go to EIPcard.com for more information.

A39. To change your address:

  • If you have not filed your 2019 tax return, enter your new address on your tax return when you file. When your tax return is processed, we'll update our records.
  • If you have filed your 2019 tax return and you do not receive direct deposit of your refund, your Payment will be mailed to the address we have on file for you. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS).
  • The change of address must be processed before we schedule your Payment.

A40. Your bank account information is obtained from the most recently filed tax return or from our Get My Payment application if you provided the information through it.

If you haven’t filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and you received SSA, RRB or VA benefits, your bank account information may be obtained from SSA or VA. You will receive your Payment as a direct deposit or by mail, just as you would normally receive your benefits. You will not be able to use Get My Payment to provide your bank account information.

A41. It is possible we do not have the correct bank account information for you, or your financial institution rejected the direct deposit. In either case, your Payment will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.

A42: The CARES Act limits offsets of Economic Impact Payments to past-due child support. No other Federal or state debts that normally offset your tax refunds will reduce the EIP. Nevertheless, tax refunds paid under the Internal Revenue Code, including the Economic Impact Payment, are not protected from garnishment by creditors once the proceeds are deposited into an individual’s bank account.

A43. Keep the notice you received regarding your Economic Impact Payment with your 2020 tax records. These notices are mailed to each recipient’s last known address within 15 days after the Payment is made. The IRS will provide information on what actions you need to take when you file your 2020 tax return when they are available.

A44. Maybe. It depends on your prepaid card and whether your payment has already been scheduled.  Many reloadable prepaid cards have account and routing numbers that you could provide to the IRS through the Get My Payment application or Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool.  You would need to check with the financial institution to ensure your card can be re-used and to obtain the routing number and account number, which may be different from the card number.  If you obtained your prepaid debit card through the filing of a federal tax return, you must contact the financial institution that issued your prepaid debit card to get the correct routing number and account number. Do not use the routing number and account number shown on your copy of the tax return filed. When providing this information to the IRS, you should indicate that the account and routing number provided are for a checking account unless your financial institution indicates otherwise.

A45. Some payments may be sent on a prepaid debit card known as The Economic Impact Payment Card  The Economic Impact Payment Card is sponsored by the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, managed by Money Network Financial, LLC and issued by Treasury’s financial agent, MetaBank®, N.A.

If you receive an Economic Impact Payment Card, it will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.”  The Visa name will appear on the front of the Card; the back of the Card has the name of the issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A. Information included with the Card will explain that the card is your Economic Impact Payment Card.  Please go to EIPcard.com for more information.

A46. Not at this time. For those who don’t receive their Economic Impact Payment by direct deposit, they will receive their payment by paper check, and, in a few cases, by debit card. The determination of which taxpayers receive a debit card will be made by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS), another part of the Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle distribution of the payments. BFS is sending nearly 4 million debit cards to taxpayers starting in mid-May. At this time, taxpayers cannot make a selection to receive a debit card. Please go to EIPcard.com for more information.

Non-Filer Tool

A47. Yes. This may include, but is not limited to, low-income or no-income individuals. Use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. The IRS won’t have the information necessary to issue you an Economic Impact Payment - unless you provide some basic information for yourself, your spouse and any qualifying children under 17. Entering your bank account information will allow the IRS to deposit your payment directly in your account.  Otherwise, your Payment will be mailed to you.

A48. No. To get a $1,200 Payment, you don’t need to use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here. The IRS will automatically direct deposit or mail your Economic Impact Payment to where you normally receive your benefit.
If your spouse didn't receive federal benefits in 2019 and is not required to file a federal income tax return for 2019 or 2018, you may provide additional information using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to get your Economic Impact Payment of $2,400 for you and your spouse plus the additional amount if you have qualifying children under age 17.

A49. No. You don’t need to do anything else to get your Economic Impact Payment. You will automatically get your payment deposited directly into your account if we have your direct deposit information on file. 
If the direct deposit account is no longer active, the IRS will automatically mail your payment to your address of record (this is generally the address on your last return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS)).

If you filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018, do not use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.

Do not use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool, if you are required to file a 2019 tax return and have not filed yet. Doing so may delay your Payment, processing your tax return and delay your tax refund.

Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Department of Veteran Affairs benefit recipients

A50. Please review all scenarios below to determine if action is needed.

If you have not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return and are NOT required to file, and you do not have a spouse or qualifying children to claim:

You do not need to take any action. You do not need to contact the IRS, Social Security Administration (SSA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or Veterans Affairs. The IRS will use the information from your 2019 benefits to generate a Payment to you. You will receive your automatic Payment as a direct deposit or by mail, just as you would normally receive your federal benefits. For example, if your benefits are currently deposited to a Direct Express card, your EIP will also be deposited to that card. If your benefits are currently deposited to your bank account, your EIP will also be deposit to that account. You can check Get My Payment for the status.

If you have already filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return:

You do not need to take any action if you already filed a tax return (this includes filing a joint return with your spouse). The IRS will use information on your tax return to determine if you are eligible for the Economic Impact Payment. If you haven’t filed a 2019 return yet but did file a 2018 return or if the IRS has not finished processing your 2019 tax return, we will send the Economic Impact Payment automatically using the information provided on the 2018 tax return. If your return included information on your direct deposit account for any tax refund, the Payment will be sent to the same account. You can check the Get My Payment application for the status of your Payment.

IRS won’t have direct deposit information if you owed tax, applied your refund to the 2020 estimated tax, or received a refund check instead of a direct deposit on the most recently filed tax return.

If you have not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return and are required to file:

If you are required to file a tax return or plan to file to claim certain credits, you should file your 2019 return as soon as possible to receive your Economic Impact Payment. Consider using IRS Free File to electronically file your return. Filing electronically and using the Direct Deposit option is the fastest and most secure way to get your refund and Economic Impact Payment.

If you don’t provide direct deposit refund information or owe tax when you file your 2019 return, the IRS will schedule your Payment to be issued by mail to the address you provide on the return.

Do not use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool if you are required or plan to file a 2019 tax return. Using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool will make it necessary for you to amend your tax return which, in turn, delays the processing of the tax return and any tax refund claimed on it.  Moreover, a delay in processing of your tax return will lead to a delay in your Economic Impact Payment.

If you have not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return and are NOT required to file, and you have a spouse or qualifying children to claim:

The benefit recipient will receive your automatic $1,200 Payment. If your spouse is also a benefit recipient, your spouse will also receive an automatic $1,200 Payment.  If you did not register your spouse or a qualifying child using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool before your Payment was scheduled, you and your spouse will each receive an automatic Payment separately. The additional amounts for any qualifying child will be paid based on the 2020 return that you will file in 2021. 

However, while the benefit recipient can no longer use the Non-Filers tool to add their spouse or qualifying children, people in this group may have a spouse who is not receiving Social Security, Railroad Retirement and VA benefits separately. To receive an Economic Impact Payment, an eligible non-beneficiary spouse may need to take action to receive their $1,200 Payment.

A non-beneficiary spouse of a benefit recipient can still use the Non-Filer tool to get their $1,200 and add any qualifying children if the spouse is an eligible individual and is not required to file a tax return, even if the benefit recipient missed an earlier deadline to do so. If eligible, your spouse may use the Non-Filers tool only if your spouse is not required to file a return for 2019 or 2018 and has not been issued their own Economic Impact Payment. Your spouse should enter information as a “Single” filer in the tool instead of Married Filing Joint.

Caution: Do not use the Non-Filer tool if you are required to file a return. This will delay your Economic Impact Payment and prevent you from filing your tax return electronically.

Note: Direct Express Account Holders: If you use the Non-Filers tool, you cannot receive your payment on your Direct Express card. You may only select a bank account for direct deposit or leave bank information blank and receive the Payment by mail.

If you were claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return:

You do not need to take any action.  You do not qualify for the Economic Impact Payment; you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. However, if you are not someone’s dependent in the 2020 tax year, you may be able to claim the credit by filing a 2020 tax return in 2021.

A51. Most Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients who receive a Form SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 have already been issued their Economic Impact Payment. You can check Get My Payment application for the status of your Payment.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veteran benefit recipient will start receiving their Economic Impact Payments mid-May. They can check the Get My Payment application for the status of their Payment.

Note: The Get My Payment application will show “Payment Status Not Available” until the payment is being issued. This response does not mean you are not eligible or will not receive a Payment.

If you used the Non-Filers tool, however, your Payment will generally be issued within two weeks from the date when you used the tool.

A52. If you did not file a tax return or use the Non-Filer tool to claim a spouse or any qualifying children, your Economic Impact Payment will be $1,200.

If you filed a tax return or used the Non-Filer tool to claim a spouse or qualifying children, your Economic Impact Payment will be based on the return filed or the information you entered in the Non-Filer tool.

A53. The answer to this question, depends on your situation. Please review the scenarios below to see which fits your situation and if any action is required.

You were claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return and are 17 or older:

You do not need to take any action.  You do not qualify for the Economic Impact Payment if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. However, if you are not someone’s dependent in the 2020 tax year, you may be able to claim the credit by filing your 2020 tax return in 2021.

If you already filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return:

You do not need to take any action if you already filed a tax return (this includes filing a joint return with your spouse who receive the Federal benefits). The IRS will use information from your tax return to determine if you are eligible for the Economic Impact Payment. If you haven’t filed a 2019 return yet but did file a 2018 return or if the IRS has not finished processing your 2019 tax return, we will send the Economic Impact Payment automatically using the information provided on the 2018 tax return. If your included information on your direct deposit account for any tax refund, the Payment will be sent to the same account. You can check the Get My Payment application for the status of your Payment.

IRS won’t have direct deposit information if you owed tax, applied your refund to the 2020 estimated tax, or received a refund check instead of a direct deposit on the most recently filed tax return. 

If you did not file a 2019 or 2018 tax return and are required to file:

If you are required to file a tax return or plan to file to claim certain credits, you should file your 2019 return as soon as possible to receive your Economic Impact Payment. Consider using IRS Free File to electronically file your return. Filing electronically and using the Direct Deposit option is the fastest and most secure way to get your refund and Economic Impact Payment.

If you don’t provide direct deposit refund information or owe tax when you file your 2019 return, the IRS will schedule your Payment to be issued by mail to the address you provide on the return.

Note: If you are also an SSA, RRB, SSI or VA recipient, it is possible you may receive the Economic Impact Payment based on your benefits, before your 2019 return is processed. 

Do not use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool if you are required or plan to file a 2019 tax return. Using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool will make it necessary for you to amend your tax return which, in turn, delays the processing of the tax return and any tax refund claimed on it.  Moreover, a delay in processing of your tax return will lead to a delay in your Economic Impact Payment.

You also receive SSA SSI RRB or VA benefits and are not required to file a return:

If you are also a benefit recipient, you should receive your Economic Impact Payment automatically.  If you did not register your spouse or a qualifying child using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool before your Payment was scheduled, you and your spouse will each receive an automatic Payment separately if you are both eligible. Neither you nor your spouse can use the Non-Filers tool to add qualifying children since the deadline to do so has passed. The additional amounts for any qualifying child will be paid based on the 2020 return that you will file in 2021. 

If you used the Non-Filer tool or your spouse used the Non-Filer tool and included you as their spouse, check the Get My Payment application for the status of your Payment. It should be scheduled within two weeks from the date when you used the tool.  Until the Payment is scheduled, the application will show “Payment Status Not Available.”

If your spouse has already received their Payment and you have not, check the Get My Payment application to see if your Payment has been scheduled.

Your spouse already received their $1,200, you are not a benefit recipient and are not required to file a 2019 tax return:

If you are eligible, use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here application to provide simple information so you can get your payment. You should enter your information as a “Single” filer in the tool instead of Married Filing Joint.

More About the Economic Impact Payment

A54. You should return the payment as described below.

If the payment was a paper check:

  1. Write "Void" in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  2. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  3. Don't staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
  4. Include a brief explanation stating the reason for returning the check. 

If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it, or if the payment was a direct deposit:

  1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  2. Write on the check/money order made payable to “U.S. Treasury” and write 2020EIP, and the taxpayer identification number (social security number, or individual taxpayer identification number) of the recipient of the check.
  3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP.

For your paper check, here are the IRS mailing addresses to use based on the state:

If you live in… then mail to this address
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont Andover Internal Revenue Service
310 Lowell St.
Andover, MA 01810
Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia Atlanta Internal Revenue Service
4800 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 30341
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas Austin Internal Revenue Service
3651 S Interregional Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78741
New York Brookhaven Internal Revenue Service
1040 Waverly Ave.  
Holtsville, NY 11742
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming Fresno Internal Revenue Service
5045 E Butler Avenue
Fresno, CA 93888
Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia Kansas City Internal Revenue Service
333 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee Memphis Internal Revenue Service
5333 Getwell Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118
District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Philadelphia Internal Revenue Service
2970 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555 or 4563, or are a dual-status alien. Austin Internal Revenue Service
3651 S Interregional Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78741